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A court in the Maldives has barred a group of journalists from working for their newly formed media organization for two years, threatening its closure in a move they criticized as an assault on media freedom in the archipelago nation.

 
 
India can play much bigger role in Maldives, according to Maldives United Opposition’s shadow foreign minister Ahmed Naseem. Participating in an interaction at Observer Research Foundation here today, Mr Naseem, who was a foreign minister in the Nasheed government, sought more active Indian role in bringing back Maldives’ democracy on track.  
 

The Maldives government plans to conduct de-radicalization and awareness programs aimed at stopping its citizens from being attracted by foreign Islamist extremist groups, according to its first policy paper on terrorism released Thursday.

 

A Maldives court has convicted the country’s former vice-president of masterminding a plot to kill the president by exploding a bomb on his speedboat last year and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

 

Mohamed Nasheed, a former president of the Maldives now in exile in Britain after being ousted from office and jailed in his country, formed an opposition group on Wednesday aimed at toppling the government of President Abdulla Yameen.

 

The conservative Maldives government has severed all diplomatic ties with Shia-inclined Iran after siding with Saudi Arabia. Maldives becomes the latest Muslim nation to rally behind the Sunni powerhouse after a diplomatic spat broke out between the two Middle East heavyweights.

 

A ruling party lawmaker has slammed a damning World Bank report on the state of the Maldives’ economy as an act prompted by jealousy.

 

The US has expressed concern over "narrowing of legitimate political space" in Maldives, saying too many opposition politicians still remain behind bars due to the government's "intolerance" for criticism. 

 

This year, my country of the Maldives – an Indian Ocean island archipelago of just over 300,000 people – has been the subject of a US Senate resolution, a statement by 10 Downing Street, and a report from the All-Party Maldives Group, a caucus of the British Parliament.

 

Last week, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen visited New Delhi and reportedly concluded several bilateral agreements on issues ranging from taxation and tourism to defence and space research.

 


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